Advanced Management Program (AMP)
The Advanced Management Program (AMP) is a 14-week* resident graduate program designed for middle-and senior-level managers and leaders responsible for promoting and attaining national and international security goals through the strategic use of information and information technology. The AMP is a highly interactive student-centered educational experience in which leadership skills and abilities are emphasized. AMP students form a learning community that fosters multiple perspectives on a wide range of issues. They share knowledge and best practices, strive to become better leaders and decision makers, and master the tools of lifelong learning. Interaction with fellow students, faculty, and government executive guest speakers provides a network of peers throughout the United States public and private sectors and internationally.
The graduate-level AMP curriculum core and elective courses provide participants with the option of earning a Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate, Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L) Certificate, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Leadership Certificate, or Government Strategic Leader (GSL) Certificate. Information
Assurance Scholarship Program students must select the CIO Certificate concentration and complete three of the four courses for the Information Assurance 4011 Certificate. The fourth course must be completed before AMP. [AMP students are eligible for dual admission to the Master of Science in
Government Information Leadership. See section on M.S. program below.]
* Starting with AMP 43 in the fall of 2011, students will engage in two weeks of DL lessons designed to prepare them before they begin 14 weeks in residence.
Chief Information Officer Certificate
The CIO Certificate, sponsored by the DOD CIO, is the recognized graduate education for Federal CIO leaders. The CIO Certificate is designed to develop CIO leaders and their agency personnel who can leverage the information component of national power for strategic advantage. Refer to the section on the CIO Certificate for complete information.
Cyber Leadership Certificate
The Cyber Leadership (Cyber-L) certificate connects secure information sharing and collaboration across U.S. government agencies, the international community, and the private sector. This program develops leadership skills critical to successfully navigate the current cyberspace domain and promote future
integration of cyberspace with the physical domains. Refer to the section on the Cyber-L Certificate for complete information.
Chief Financial Officer Leadership Certificate
The CFO Leadership Certificate is designed to develop the next generation of leaders in government financial management. This certificate leverages the NDU iCollege’s current leadership courses while concentrating on the challenges and opportunities facing members of the government financial community, including personnel who work in accounting and finance, budget and cost analysis, auditing,
and resource management. Refer to the section on the CFO Leadership Certificate for complete information.
Government Strategic Leader Certificate
The GSL Certificate provides government managers and leaders with the essential tools and strategies required to lead dynamic, complex, and diverse 21st Century government organizations. The curriculum engages participants in understanding their organization’s unique role and those of other organizations, and how to collaborate to achieve organizational, inter-agency, and national mission and goals. Refer to the section on the GSL Certificate for complete information.
The AMP core courses are:
Policy Foundations of Information Resources Management (PFM) (CIO, CFO, and GSL Certificates)
Presents an overview of public sector resource management concepts, policies, and policy constituencies, focusing on the application of these concepts and policies as mechanisms of modern governance. The course focuses on the application and interaction of financial, information, and human resources to achieve legislative and policy goals and accomplish agency missions. Students explore the entire life cycle of resource management, from the expression of political purpose in legislation and policy, through governance and program implementation, to managing program performance and assessing program effectiveness. Legislation and policies for managing financial, information, and human resources in public organizations are examined against a backdrop of the dynamic political, economic, technological, and societal interactions that are changing governments worldwide.
Measuring Results of Organizational Performance (MOP) (CIO, CF0, and GSL Certificates)
Provides an executive view of strategic planning and performance management in public organizations. Using the Balanced Scorecard as a framework, students examine the linkage of mission to strategic planning, performance management, performance measurement, operational strategies, initiatives, and budgets to support decision making. Emphasis is on transparency and organizational outcomes. Students determine and apply appropriate data tools, collection techniques, analysis, and reporting when assessing their organization’s performance.
Critical Information Systems Technologies (CST) (CIO, Cyber-L, CFO, and GSL Certificates)
Probes the rapid advances in all aspects of information systems technology from the perspective of both the functional and the information resources manager. The course provides an overview of both the current state of the art and the trends in information systems technology with particular attention to software development technologies, data management, computer systems hardware, human-computer interfaces, voice recognition, natural language understanding, collaborative technologies, telecommunications technologies, and electronic commerce technologies. It concludes with a group exercise designed to determine how a CIO can address the issues these technologies introduce within an organization.
Web-Enabled Government (WGV) (CIO, CFO, and GSL Certificates)
Explores the capabilities, selection, and application of new and emerging web technologies to enable more creative, collaborative, and transparent government. The course examines and assesses the use of current and emerging web technologies and best practices of significant government interest, e.g., cloud computing, social media and networking, geographic information services technology, and security. Students consider web technology evaluation criteria, methodologies, and risks to enable them to adapt the evaluation criteria and apply selected web technologies within and/or across
Governance in Cyber Space (GIC) (Cyber-L Certificate Only)
Examines several global aspects of cyberspace (according to GAO ), including
By considering various governance models (e.g., geopolitical, non-profit, corporate, and socio-economic) and cyberspace models, the students assesses the merit and impact of governance applied to cyberspace and associated individual and organization rights. The course examines the consequences, the repercussions, and the likely outcomes of implementing diverse cyberspace governance scenarios. Students evaluate and synthesize results toward defining next-generation governance leadership models to address and shape evolving cyberspace domains.
CyberLaw (CBL) (Cyber-L Certificate Only)
Presents a comprehensive overview of ethical issues, legal resources and recourses, and public policy implications inherent in our evolving online society. Complex and dynamic state of the law as it applies to behavior in cyberspace is introduced, and the pitfalls and dangers of governing in an interconnected world are explored. Ethical, legal, and policy frameworks for information assurance personnel are covered. Various organizations and materials that can provide assistance to operate ethically and legally in cyberspace are examined. Topics include intellectual property protection; electronic contracting and payments; notice to and consent from e-message recipients regarding monitoring, non-repudiation, and computer crime; and the impact of ethical, moral, legal, and policy issues on privacy, fair information practices, equity, content control, and freedom of electronic speech using information systems.
Strategic Leader Practicum (SLP) (CIO, Cyber-L, CFO, and GSL Certificates)
Focuses on the competencies of strategic leaders in theory and in practice across a variety of contemporary defense, government, and private sector organizations. Students will evaluate, reflect upon, and refine their strategic leader strategies for leading and building effective organizations. They will examine a diversity of organizations to draw insights that they can apply to their organizations and their own practice of leadership. Key components of the course include individual awareness, team problem solving, and studies with and about exemplar organizational leaders.
In addition to the above core courses, AMP students complete a total of four elective courses to earn certificates in their selected area of concentration. Approximately four weeks before students’ arrival for the 14-week resident AMP, the Office of Student Services emails an elective selection form to each student, asking them to select from available electives such that the certificate requirements in their area of concentration will be satisfied. Queries are addressed by the AMP Director.
AMP 47: September 9, 2013 - December 12, 2013
Applications Due July 1, 2013
Early Applications Due June 15, 2013
AMP Application Instructions
Federal civilian government employees must be at least GS/GM-12 or equivalent, and military officers must hold at least the grade of O-4. Non-federal students, to include state and local government and private sector employees, must be of an equivalent grade. Private sector employees must be sponsored by a government agency.
Education: All students must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution.
Federal Government: Applications should be submitted through agency channels and received at the iCollege prior to the published deadline. Each application must contain a résumé, a letter of nomination from the supervisor, and a completed AMP application form (http://www.ndu.edu/iCollege/pcs/pcs_amp.html). Omission of required information may result in rejection of the application. Incomplete applications will be held by the iCollege for 60 days and then destroyed.
State and Local Government and Private Industry: Applications for AMP must include a résumé, a letter of nomination from a direct supervisor, and a completed copy of the AMP application form.
Submit applications to the iCollege Office of Student Services via fax (202-685-4860), e-mail to iCollegeOSS@ndu.edu or postal mail to:
iCollege Office of Student Services
300 5th Ave., Bldg. 62
Fort McNair, D.C. 20319-5066
International Students: Non-U.S. citizens who are members of defense agencies of other countries must apply through their governments. Applications should be in the form of an education and training request for approval and processing through the appropriate Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA) country program manager, who should forward the request to:
Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA)
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
173 Bernard Road, Bldg. 139
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1003
Commercial: (757) 788-3255
Fax: (757) 788-4142
International students must demonstrate comprehension through listening, reading, and general grammar structures via the Defense Language Institute’s English Comprehension Level (ECL) Exam with a score of at least 85 prior to acceptance. Students will take the exam in their home country. Because of the seminar-based active-learning model used in this program, oral communication skills are critical. The iCollege reserves the right to administer the ELC exam after the student arrives per AR 12-15, the Joint Security Assistance Training (JSAT) regulation, Section 10, if English comprehension is in question. International students should also possess basic competencies in the use of personal computers.
Questions about AMP admissions or requirements should be addressed to the iCollege Registrar via phone (202-685-6300), or e-mail to iCollegeOSS@ndu.edu.